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Salzburg Christmas restaurants with young children

Salzburg Christmas restaurants with young children

Jul 27th, 2012, 08:04 AM
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Salzburg Christmas restaurants with young children

I am seeking restaurant recommendations for December 24th and December 25th in Salzburg. I will be dining with a 3 year old and a 1 year old. We would like something fun and festive, but also child-friendly.

We were considering the Mozart Dinner concert, but wondering if it is too elegant for the children. They are fairly well behaved at meals, but they are children. Is this the type of concert where they would likely be a disturbance to other guests or is it child friendly?

Any other ideas are appreciated. I have been on the Salzburg tourism website and it is helpful, but my only concern is whether or not the children would do well at each of the affairs.

We were considering the Amadeohotel Schaffernath for the 24th. Maybe the more casual restaurant at the Golderner Hirsch for the 25th. Also read an article about Hotel Schloss Monchstein Christmas dinner - sounded nice.

We are hoping to make it to midnight mass at the big cathedral, but not sure about distance from any restaurants.

Thank you for your ideas.
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Jul 27th, 2012, 10:51 AM
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The St Peters Restaurant where they have the upstairs Mozart Concert and elegant dinner may be a little over the top for the little ones. Good news is the downstaris celler in the same historic restaurant. they have a different, cheaper menu and it is a nice place for dinner with the family.

See if they have a website to make Christmas eve reservations (you will need reservations for any and all restaurants on Christmas eve) and to see if they are even open on Christmas day.

The Altstadt is small and walkable. All the restaurants and the Cathedral are close together. I don't remember what time they open the doors for the midnight mass (maybe 10pm) but you will want to be in line well before that if you want to get a seat. They say the cathedral holds 10,000 but it seems there are a lot more than that at that particular service which is well worth all the hassle to be there.

Because of the crowds the priests literally elbow their way down the aisle when they come it. The service starts off will an informal choir in the front standing on risers and singing carols. When the service starts there is a formal choir and orchestra in the choir loft behind you with the huge pipe organ. Chances are really good they will sneak some Mozart into the music.

A life sized wood carved creche in the front of the church has an empty manger until midway through the service when a priest brings in the baby Jesus. At the end of the service the church is lit in candle light and a quartet with guitar sings Silent Night (which was written about 15 miles from Salzburg). As the last notes fade a huge bell above your head starts a very loud welcoming of Christmas. As you leave the cathedral all the other churches in Salzburg answer the cathedral's tolling with their bells. As you walk back to your hotel in the snowy town you will be lifted by all the bells. It makes a memorable Christmas.

Enjoy your trip and come back and tell us about it after you get back home.
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Jul 27th, 2012, 04:22 PM
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Thank you for your reply. Our excitement is building!
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Jul 27th, 2012, 04:41 PM
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AsileSeat is giving you good advice. We have eaten at both the Mozart Dinner concert and in their quaint restaurant. I think with young ones, the restaurant is advisable. www.stpeter-stiftskeller.at P.S. However if you chose the concert, you sit at tables of eight people from different countries and enjoy the food and concert.
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Jul 27th, 2012, 05:29 PM
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I would contact the restaurants and see if they have high chairs. If they don't - they obviously don;t want you to bring tiny tots.

With kids that age I think it is only fair to the children - and to other diners - to eat at casuale places and to eat early. No matter how well-intentioned it's not reasonable to expect kids that age to sit still and quiet for a 2 hour dinner.
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Jul 27th, 2012, 06:12 PM
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The combination of formal dinner plus concert may be too much for the kids, as others have suggested.
Aside from that, you can choose pretty much any restaurant in town.. So you don't have to limit yourself to the least formal eateries.
Nytraveler's idea to contact the restaurant and ask for high chairs sounds like the best and most pragmatic approach.
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Jul 27th, 2012, 06:55 PM
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Unfortunately, the Stiftskeller is closed as of 6 pm on Christmas eve, so that will not work for us. We want a dinner with a little bit of festivity, perhaps with carols and decorations. Does anyone know anything about the affair at the Amadeohotel Schaffernath?
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Jul 28th, 2012, 01:47 AM
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You may or may not find someone who has been there.
But wouldn't it be more efficient to write an email to the Salzburg tourist information and ask them for guidance. With the criteria you mentioned in your last post they could have enough input.
After all, even if someone here had been in Salzburg in 2008 and had a good time at a certain restaurant, you will hardly know of all other options.
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Jul 28th, 2012, 07:35 PM
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That is a good point!
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